Press ombudsman Johan Retief resigns

2018-10-23 11:41

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The Press Ombudsman, Johan Retief, has resigned.

Both Retief and Latiefa Mobara, executive director of the Press Council of South Africa, confirmed to News24 that he will leave the organisation early in 2019.

According to Retief, his decision has nothing to do with the media environment or controversy around previous rulings. Mobara said Retief’s resignation is because of personal reasons.

Read: Sunday Times must apologise to Van Loggerenberg: Ombudsman

The Press Council is an independent body charged with regulating and managing complaints by the public against the digital and print media. It was established in 2012 after an investigation by the Press Freedom Commission headed by the late former chief justice Pius Langa.

The commission recommended a stronger system of independent regulation of the media and bigger public involvement in the process. The Press Council is a voluntary body and most media houses in the country subscribe to its code of ethics and oversight.

Retief's most recent judgment was published on Tuesday, in which he dismissed a complaint by Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu against the Sunday Times.

Also read: Fired Sunday Times deputy editor to approach the CCMA

He also wrote the judgment finding against the Sunday Times about the newspaper’s discredited stories about the so-called "rogue unit" at SARS.

Retief will leave in January.

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